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Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Yiddish Book Center (Christa Whitney)

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth video interviews with people of all ages, exploring Yiddish cultural topics and issues of modern Jewish identity. The Project is particularly interested in how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and how they, along with Jewish values and practices, are transmitted across generations. In the past four years, we’ve recorded over 450 interviews, stories told by people of all ages and backgrounds—bobes (grandmothers) and young activists, Yiddish language students and professors, musicians, and grandchildren of Yiddish writers, native speakers and non-Yiddish speakers. These interviews illustrate the ways in which Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity. Together, these stories and reflections provide a glimpse into the ways in which cultural heritage is transmitted, adapted, and reinterpreted by each generation. To learn more, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story

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movies 361
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Yiddish Book Center 330
Wexler Oral History Project 313
National Yiddish Book Center 302
Yiddish 288
ybc 280
nybc 278
Jewish culture 273
Childhood 256
Jewish Identity 230
Yiddish language 213
United States 212
Education 191
stories about ancestors 188
Family history 187
Eastern Europe 181
Advice 177
Career and Professional Life 177
Transmission 150
Roots/heritage 148
Holocaust 147
Yiddish learning 144
Literature 138
Immigration 135
Migration 133
Religion and ritual 129
Israel 127
Jewish community 122
Family traditions 112
Jewish holidays 110
Urban 105
Music 104
Travel 102
Yiddish revival and activism 96
Politics and political movements 91
Scholarship 90
Favorite Yiddish word 84
Anti-Semitism 83
Other languages 81
World War Two 81
Academia 78
Yiddish words 74
New York City 73
Zionism 71
Food and culinary traditions 70
Hebrew 69
Jewish education 69
Theater 69
Soviet Union 63
Assimilation 60
1990s 57
Poetry 57
Press 57
2000s 55
Poland 55
Yiddish speaker 55
Coming back to Yiddish 54
Western Europe 54
Yiddish teaching 53
Books 50
Summer camp 47
singing 47
song 47
Radio 46
1950s 45
1940s 43
Canada 43
Secular 43
Family history and stories re. ancestors 40
Newspapers 40
shul 40
1930s 39
New York 39
Secularism 39
Synagogue 39
temple 39
Yiddish scene 38
1960s 37
Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish 37
Russia 37
1980s 35
Non-religious 35
Yiddish language (feelings of/about 35
descriptions of) 35
meaning 35
1970s 34
Klezmer 33
Passover 33
Jewish professions 31
Pesakh 31
Transmission (intergenerational 31
YIVO 31
cultural 31
shabbes 31
social... parenting) 31
Lithuania 29
sabbath 29
shabbat 29
Brooklyn 28
Jewish community (descriptions of place and social dynamics in a particular time) 27
Shtetl 27
Yiddish personalities 27
Film 26
Germany 26
Visual Arts 26
Youth group 26
Rural 25
Vilna 25
Vilnius 25
Warsaw 25
Vilne 23
2010s 21
Bund 21
Ethnography 21
Massachusetts 21
Old Country 21
Sholem Aleichem 21
Bronx 20
California 20
Workmen's Circle 20
and place 19
Love 18
Montreal 18
Orthodox 18
German 17
Relationships 17
Arbeter Ring 16
NYC 16
Ukraine 16
Feminism 15
France 15
Reform 15
Russian 15
Channukah 14
Latin America 14
Other Jewish languages 14
1920s 13
Channuka 13
Communism 13
Dance 13
Khanukah 13
Los Angeles 13
children/grandchildren of (Yiddish personalities) 13
Boston 12
Forverts 12
Hasidism 12
America 11
Belarus 11
Beyond the Books 11
England 11
KlezKamp 11
New Jersey 11
Rosh Hashanah 11
Yiddishism 11
childhood 11
children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities 11
Aaron Lansky 10
Conservative 10
Florida 10
KlezKanada 10
Polish 10
Yugntruf 10
Amherst 9
Amherst MA 9
Camp Kinderland 9
Chicago 9
Columbia University 9
Mexico 9
Mordkhe Schaechter 9
Paris 9
Socialism 9
Toronto 9
Yiddish language interview 9
Yom Kippor 9
Yom Kippur 9
orthodox 9
Avrom Sutzkever 8
Jerusalem 8
Lodz 8
Tel Aviv 8
1910s 7
Argentina 7
Bar Mitzvah 7
Chaim Grade 7
Detroit 7
Hampshire College 7
I.B. Singer 7
Khanike 7
Kibbutz 7
Montreal Jewish Public Library 7
Steiner Summer Program 7
Wroclaw 7
education 7
socialism 7
1900s 6
Baltimore 6
Brown University 6
Civil Rights 6
Der Tog 6
Dovid Katz 6
Harvard University 6
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Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa Whitney)
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Leonard Nimoy - Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on in the Star Trek science fiction series - was interviewed by Christa Whitney in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2013.  Parts of this interview are in Yiddish, subtitled in English.To see produced shorts based on this interview, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/Leonard-Nimoy. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview:...
Topics: Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Allie)
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Sophia Wise speaks about her family background. As a child her mother sang Tumbalalaika, which she didn't realize was Yiddish until she took the January term Yiddish course at the Book Center. She speaks about her great-grandfather's Yiddish letters, which she hopes to be able to read. Sophia then goes into detail about growing up as a Jew in Orlando, Florida and her family's involvement in the Jewish community. Sophia's Aunt Tess Wise established the Holocaust Center in Orlando and was one of...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Childhood, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Jewish...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Chad)
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David Werdyger, Hasidic khazn (cantor) and solo singer, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Brooklyn, New York on July 3, 2012. This interview is partially in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David Werdyger Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, July 3, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Benjamin Harshav, professor emeritus at Yale University, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 18, 2013 in North Haven, CT. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Benjamin Harshav Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, North Haven, CT, March 18, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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David Mazower is the great-grandson of acclaimed Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Asch. Mazower, who was raised and still lives in England, tells of his own background and encounters with Yiddish alongside stories of his great grandfather. Interestingly, on both sides of his family Mazower has strong Yiddish ties. His great grandfather on his father’s side, Max Mazower, was a Bundist active in Vilna at the turn of the 20th Century. Mazower, who didn’t grow up speaking Yiddish, still has...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, National Yiddish Book Center, books, Yiddish...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Allie)
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Adrienne Cooper, world-renowned Yiddish singer and educator, was interviewed on December 28, 2010 at KlezKamp, in the Catskills of New York. In her interview, Adrienne talks about coming from a long line of singers. Her mother was a Yiddish and Hebrew singer, and she says that Yiddish was in her ear from the time she was born. Adrienne grew up in Oakland, California. She describes her family as “not frum,” although they kept kosher at home, and observed Shabbat. They belonged first to an...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Benno)
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Velvel Pasternak was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at his home in New York. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Velvel Pasternak Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Cedarhurst, NY, August 15, 2011. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/VelvelPasternak15aug2011YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman z"l, Yiddish poet and educator, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 26, 2012 at Yidish-Vokh in Maryland.  This interview is entirely in Yiddish.To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Beyle Schaechter Gottesman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yidish-Vokh, Maryland, August 26, 2012. Video...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Yiddish speaker, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Soviet Union,...
Yuri Vedenyapin - Yiddish teacher at the Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Internship program. To cite this interview: Yuri Vedenyapin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hadas Margulies, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 14, 2010. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/YuriVedenyapin14july2010YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
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Topics: Steiner Summer Internship Program 2010, Yiddish, Yiddish education, Yiddish Book Center, Wexler...
Hanan Bordin, the Yiddish language instructor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the author of several Yiddish textbooks, was interviewed by Marcy Blattner on July 13, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Hanan Bordin was born in Riga, Latvia, in the former Soviet Union. Hanan states that he heard Yiddish as a child, but did not speak it. When he arrived in Israel in 1978, he had a vocabulary of about one hundred words in Yiddish....
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Yiddish, Yiddish education, Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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Miriam Bienstock, co-founder of the record label Atlantic Records, grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She often frequented the Yiddish theatre, and Yiddishkeyt was an integral part of her childhood experience. Miriam reflects on the difficulties of being a female executive in the 40s and 50s, and tells stories of the celebrities she was friends with over her lifetime. Finally, Miriam shares her observations on how Jewish culture has changed over her lifetime. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, Advice, Family...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Emily B.)
319
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Fania Brantsovsky, former Jewish partisan during World War Two and librarian of the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 27, 2012 at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Vilnius, Lithuania. This interview is conducted entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Fania Brantsovsky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Juan Prawda recently retired from his position with the World Bank. Born and raised in Mexico, he grew up attending secular Jewish schools from pre-school through high school. Prawda remembers his daily schedule down to the hour, from Yiddish Literature to Hebrew classes. In hindsight, Prawda laments the "phasing out" of Yiddish education in the Mexican schools, and that he never became fluent himself. Even so, he feels privileged to have had access to the work of great Yiddish...
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Mexico, secular Jewish education, Yiddish education, Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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The interview was lovely. First Christa talked about where she grew up in the Bay Area in California and then she talked about her family background. She talked about being raised in a half-Catholic, half-atheist home and about her mother's Lithuanian and Irish heritage. She talked about going to Church as a young child but then eventually sort of drifting from religion as she no longer felt like a believer. She talked about how she got interested in Yiddish and Jewish Studies - particularly...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, Family history and...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Emily)
269
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Marc Caplan- Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 20, 2011 at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Washington, D.C. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Marc Caplan Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, United States,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Benno)
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Chana Mlotek, renowned musicologist and folklorist specializing in Yiddish music, theatre, and poetry, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1922, Eleanor “Chana” Gordon and her older sister Malka grew up in the Sholem Aleichem Amalgamated Homes in the Bronx where they were immersed in Yiddish language and culture. Their father was an amateur actor who instilled a love for Yiddish music...
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish teaching, Yiddish revival and activism, Yiddish speaker, Yiddish scene,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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Paula Teitelbaum was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 28th, 2010 in the Catskill Mountains of New York. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Paula was born in Poland after World War II to parents who had fled to the USSR during the Nazi invasion. She attended a Jewish school that taught Yiddish as a foreign language and performed in Yiddish language plays that retold the history of the USSR. She also attended lectures in Yiddish with her father and Jewish summer camps. Although she...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Allie)
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Daniel Kahn grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Daniel's mother was born in Detroit, Michigan, and his father was born in Akron, Ohio. Daniel's four grandparents lived in many different hubs across the nation including the Lower East Side, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Though a self proclaimed American, Daniel reflects on his mother's family's Galician past, and how his father's family left Austria-Hungary for England before immigrating to the United States. Growing up, Daniel went to Temple...
Topics: Detroit, New Orleans, Berlin, Moscow, Krakow, Bund, Union organizing, Reform, German, Psoy...
Sasha talks about the challenges of growing up in a family with traditional Jewish and particular "Lansky-style" practices-- eating kosher, not watching TV, observing the Sabbath and Jewish holidays-- in an area (Holyoke and Amherst, MA) where there are few peers she could relate to. She describes her continuing quest for a Jewish community, and how she hopes to find one as she goes off to college next year. Her participation in Hazon, a Jewish Environmental Program, allowed her to...
Topics: Sunday, Jewish home, Jewish traditions, Jewish culture, kosher, shabbes, Yiddish, American...
Gabriel Weinreich, professor emeritus of physics, Episcopal priest, and son of Yiddishist Max Weinreich, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 27, 2013 in Chelsea, MI. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Gabriel Weinreich Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Chelsea, MI, March 27, 2013. Video...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Allie)
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Eugene Orenstein, Associate Professor Yiddish and Modern Jewish History at McGill University in Montreal, was interviewed by Pauline Katz at KlezKanada on August 26, 2011. Eugene Orenstein begins his interview with an extremely detailed account of his parents’ life in Poland. The third son of Jewish immigrants, Eugene’s memory has captured many of the stories his parents told him growing up. Eugene carefully details the stories behind both his mother and father’s life, how they were...
Topics: Yiddish language, Jewish education, Yiddish around the world, Old Country, Eastern Europe, kheder,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Emily B.)
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Abraham Lichtenbaum, Yiddish teacher and director of the IWO (the Argentinian YIVO, Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut, Yiddish Scientific Institute) in Buenos Aires, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 31, 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Abraham was born in Argentina in 1943. His father came from Warsaw to Buenos Aires as an orphan in 1922. His mother came from Odessa with her family in 1907 or 1908. His maternal family was originally from Slutzk,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Emily F.)
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Liba Augenfeld- Vilna-native, former Jewish partisan and prominent Yiddish cultural activist after immigrating to Montreal - was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 10, 2012, in Montreal, Canada. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Liba Augenfeld Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Montreal, Canada, July 10, 2012. Video...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Allie)
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Christian Dawid is a musician who grew up in Bremen, Germany. His mother was born in 1942 in Eastern Prussia, and was educated to become a teacher, but later became a sculpterist. His father, born in 1937 in Bremen, Germany, was a Protestant pastor. Growing up Christian was not exposed to Jewish culture, as he explains that Bremen had a very small Jewish population, and an even smaller display of Jewish public life. His only knowledge of Jewish culture came from his father’s interest in...
Topics: Advice, Childhood, Music, Ethnography, Career and Professional Life, Holocaust, Transmission...
Jack Kugelmass, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, remembers his parents speaking "kitchen Yiddish," Yiddish phrases, as a child growing up in Montreal, Canada. He speaks fondly of his grandmother, who was both a Yiddish speaker and an intellectually engaged leader in his family and discusses the cultural ties between Canadian Jewry living in Montreal. He discussed the current challenges to Yiddish and Jewish studies...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, Jewish Community of...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Chad)
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Henry Dunow, literary agent and son of Yiddish writer Moyshe Dluznowsky, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 5, 2013 in Amherst, MA. Henry is the son of Yiddish winter (novelist, journalist, playwright) Moyshe Dluznowsky. In this interview, he spoke of his father; his history, personality, writing, physical appearance and how he was as a father. Our conversation often referenced parts of Henry's book The Way Home. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit:...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Benno)
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Dana Szeflan-Bell, child survivor of the Holocaust and native of Warsaw, Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 15, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dana begins her interview with detailed descriptions of her family and their lives in Poland prior to WWII. After the war they settled in Montreal. She recalls her grandparents’ professions and their sophisticated lifestyles. She also discusses stories her parents shared with her growing up; stories of happy...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Benno)
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Mark Gerstein was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 5, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Mark Gerstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 5, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
David Shneer, Professor of History and Religious Studies and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on July 10, 2010, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Professor Shneer begins the interview discussing his family background and childhood. He describes growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles where he was the only Jewish kid on the block and notes that there was not a lot of Jewish observance or...
Topics: steiner internship program, yiddish, studying yiddish, gay synagogue, jewish studies, yiddish...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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Haim is an eloquent, sharp man, who tells of growing up in Ottawa, Canada, a town divided between French and British factions, amidst blatant anti-semitism. He talks of his involvement in a socialist Zionist youth movement, which led him to agricultural college, NYC (where he edited the youth movement's publication), and finally to found a kibbutz in Sasa, Israel. He lived in Israel from 1947-1956, then returned to North America, where he eventually became a professor of Environmental Science...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by National Yiddish Book Center
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Elissa Kraemer discusses her Jewish background and upbringing in Jacksonville Florida, as well as her experiences attending a Jewish day school and a secular middle school. She speaks about her internship experience, her Jewish identity, experiences in Israel and her developing Yiddish education. To cite this interview: Elissa Kraemer Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hadas Margulies, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, July 6,...
Topics: jewish identity, jewish upbringing, jewish day school, horseback riding, israel, jewish life in...
Michael Steinlauf is an Associate Professor of History at Gratz College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Professor Steinlauf is the only child of Polish Holocaust survivors who survived, in hiding, on Polish soil. (Only about 50-70,000 Jews survived on Polish soil.) His parents were both from Warsaw; his mother went to the University of Warsaw and taught history before she went into hiding. His father was in the Warsaw Ghetto through the great deportation, and then went underground. His parents...
Topics: peretz, diaspora nationalism, poland, polish jews, coney island, krakow jewish cultural festival,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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Cecile Kuznitz is the Director of Jewish Studies at Bard College and an Assistant Professor of Jewish History at the college. In her interview she discusses growing up in Howard Beach, Queens, working at the YIVO Institute, her scholarship in the field of modern Jewish history, and her relationship to Yiddish. The interview begins with a discussion of Kuznitz’s family background. Three out of four of her grandparents were born in Eastern Europe. Kuznitz describes that she grew up in a...
Topics: National Yiddish Book Center, Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, Bard College, YIVO
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Christa)
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Miriam Isaacs, linguist and professor of Yiddish, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 26, 2010 at KlezKamp in the Catskills Mountains of New York State. Dr. Isaacs begins the interview discussing her family background. Her mother was from the shtetl (village) Solotvina, near Siget, Czechoslovakia which is today a part of Ukraine. Her father was from Isterik (in Yiddish), or Ustrzyki Dolne in Polish, in Galicia, Poland. Professor Isaacs explains that she was born in a Displaced Persons...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Miriam Isaacs, KlezKamp, Sutzkever, Yiddish Book Center, National...
Justin Cammy, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature at Smith College spoke about his background, his scholarly work, and the place of Yiddish inside and outside of the academy. The interview began with Cammy describing his childhood in Ottawa and his family background. He attended public school and had Jewish supplemental education (Ottawa Modern Jewish School, at which his father was the principal). He was involved in BBYO and attended the B’nai Brith camp for over...
Topics: National Yiddish Book Center, Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, Literature,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center
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Ari Greenberg, a past intern at the Yiddish Book Center, discusses his Jewish background: from his grandparent's involvement in Marxist-Zionist organizations to Jewish Environmentalism at Adamah. Elaborating on the language learning process, Greenberg shares his feelings about the challenges of learning Yiddish and defining his Jewish identity. To cite this interview: Ari Greenberg Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hada Margulies, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin...
Topics: Jewish Environmentalism, Adamah, Yiddish in Leftist Circles, Studying Yiddish, Jewish Identity,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Benno)
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Aron Gonshor, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and actor with Montreal’s Dora Wasserman’s Yiddish Theatre, was interviewed by Sara Israel on December 15, 2011 at the Montreal Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Aron starts the interview by discussing his family background. He was born in Poland after WWII and his family immigrated to Montreal in 1948 after Canada’s immigration policy became more liberal. Aron goes on to describe growing up in Montreal’s flourishing...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Lili Bermant is an 83-year-old widow from Antwerp, Belgium, currently living in Amherst, Massachusetts. Lili started the interview talking about her upbringing in Belgium before the outbreak of World War II. Both of her parents were Jewish, her mother from a religious family in Poland. Her mother, wanting to get a better education, came to Belgium from Poland. She spoke German and French. Lili's father spoke Flemish and Yiddish, but as Lili said, somehow they made it work. Lili's father was a...
Topics: Antwerp, Belgium, Amherst, Massachusetts, Poland, Holocaust, France, Cuba, Jewish Identity, Shomer...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
by Yiddish Book Center (Allie)
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Kalman Weiser was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 19, 2010 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, MA. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Kalman Weiser, the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto, begins by talking about his family background. Raised in Staten Island, in a Jewish, but not particularly religious, environment, Kalman heard Yiddish as a child, and knew that it was in some way tied to the identity of preceding...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History...
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Mitchell Waife, grandson of Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 14, 2013 in Lantana, Florida. Mitchell grew up in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn. Although his parents never taught him Yiddish or Russian, he was lucky to learn all about his famous grandfather from the late writer's widow, Mitchell's grandmother Olga, who lived with them. Mitchell spends much of the interview describing his family's history. He traces Sholem...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Penina Glazer, long-time board member at the Yiddish Book Center and professor emerita of History at Hampshire College, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 16, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Penina begins by speaking about her family's life in Eastern Europe and their journey to the United States. Her mother, from Belarus, was the daughter of a shoykhet (kosher butcher). Penina tells the story of how her grandfather became a shoykhet by convincing the rabbonim...
Topics: Brooklyn, Zionism, 1930s, Depression, Aliyah, Farms, Kibbutz, Co-op, New Jersey, New Deal,...
Henry Simkin was born and grew up in Western Massachusetts. Today Henry lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife Maxine Stein, long-time Director of Development at the Yiddish Book Center. Henry was willing to tell his history understanding that he would get to share some of his stories of performing Jewish ritual circumcision (brit millah) as a mohel for his community and for friends in various locations in New England. Henry became a mohel by way of a combination of his training as a...
Topics: Pittsfield, Army medical corps, boarding school, hebrew school, Jewish community in rural...
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Chana Gonshor was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik and Anna Gonshor on December 14, 2011 at the Montreal Jewish Public Library. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Chana Gonshor was born into a poor Jewish home in Warsaw in 1919 and was mostly raised by her grandparents. She attended Bundist and Labor Zionist elementary schools which taught every subject, other than Polish, in Yiddish. She spent much of her formative years in the Bundist Medem Sanatorium and is one of the last two surviving...
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Yiddish Book Centehood,...
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Shimon Alperowitch z"l, head of the Jewish community in Vilna (Vilnius) and Lithuania, was interviewed by oral historian Christa Whitney, in Vilna, on 31/7/2012. The shrayber is Sara Davolt. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Shimon Alperowitch was born in Vilna (Vilnius) in 1928, during the Polish occupation of Lita. His mother came from a prominent Jewish family in Lita (Lithuania) called Strashun. Some of Shimon's ancestors were renowned rabbis, mentioned in the German Jewish...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Troim Katz Handler, daughter of Yiddish poet Menke Katz, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 11, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. Troim was born to Menke and his then wife Chaske, herself a poet. Her mother, she says, was utterly devoted to Menke, while he lived as a bachelor away from his family. Troim was raised in the home of her maternal grandparents. It was her grandmother, and not her famous father, who encouraged her love of Yiddish literature. Troim describes the two different...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Benzion Miller, world-renowned Hassidic cantor and collector and composer of nigunim (wordless melodies), was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Borough Park, New York on June 6, 2012. Parts of this interview are in Yiddish. Benzion was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. He was raised in a musical family - his father was also a cantor - in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. He recalls listening to WEVD Yiddish radio with his parents and discusses his memories of the Brownsville...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Music, song,...
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Andrei Malaev-Babel, theater director and grandson of writer Isaac Babel, was interviewed by David Schlitt on May 15, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Andrei begins his interview describing his childhood in Moscow, Russia as a member of a well-educated family that had great interest in the arts. When Andrei was born, his family moved to the suburbs of Moscow to a three-bedroom apartment in a five-story building. Andrei went to an English-language-focused school that...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Ilene Gelbaum is a retired midwife who now lives in California. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, then went to Mt. Sinai’s nursing school. Ilene grew up going to Folkshule (Yiddish elementary school) and her grandparents spoke Yiddish and Russian. Ilene and her husband met when she was 14 and he was 16 because they went to the same high school. They married when she was 18 – they eloped in Jersey City! They never told their parents that they eloped, even after their full Jewish wedding a...
Topics: Russian grandparents, New York, Russian, Yiddish, yiddish school teacher, jewish neighborhood,...
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Israel Zamir, son of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 1, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Israel Zamir Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, November 1, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Israel Zamir, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral...
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Judy Kunofsky was born in New York City to a secular family. She attended the Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle) as a child for four years. She moved to California after college and to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972. After going to KlezKamp for more than a dozen years, she and colleagues decided to create a non-profit in the Bay Area to promote Yiddish culture and klezmer music. KlezCalifornia was formed in 2003 and is now a thriving part of the Bay Area Jewish scene. Judy learned Yiddish at...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Professor Jean Baumgarten is the Director of Research at Centre de Recherches Historiques in Paris, France. This interview took place at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Boston, Massachusetts, in December 2010. Professor Baumgartenâs family traces its origins back to the Alsace region; he comes from a family of horse dealers and leather merchants. His family came to Paris in the 19th Century. Baumgarten grew up in what he described as an assimilated family. He was not involved...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Madalena Provo, a former intern at the Yiddish Book Center, discusses her relationship to the Yiddish language from a non-Jewish perspective. She discusses what it means to be an outsider while also possessing knowledge of what can be at times an exclusive language, reflecting on how her experiences have informed her understanding of language, identity and the purpose of learning Yiddish. To cite this interview: Madalena Provo Oral History Interview, interviewed by Josh Friedman, Yiddish Book...
Topics: German, Yiddish, Religious Yiddish, Secular Yiddish, Non-Jewish Yiddish Speakers
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Professor Israel Bartal was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 19, 2011 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Washington, D.C. Professor Israel Bartal's interview begins with a detailed description of his lineage, including the story of his family's arrival in Palestine from small, Galician shtetls in southeastern Poland (now western Ukraine). Bartal dives deeply into his childhood, providing an elaborately detailed description of his life growing up in a Yiddish-speaking...
Topics: Advice, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
Nora Feinstein, 2010 participant in the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program at the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on July 23, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center. Nora grew up in a Reform Jewish family in Baltimore, Maryland and participated in Reform Jewish life. National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) was a defining aspect of her high school life. She describes herself as a “Jewish life dork” in high school. Through NFTY (pronounced “nifty”), she realized it could...
Topics: Denominationalism, Reform Judaism, Baltimore Jewish Community, Jewish Theological Seminary,...
Lyber Katz is the grandfather of Pauline Katz, a 2010-2011 fellow at the Yiddish Book Center. Lyber moved from New York City to Moscow at age 4½ and lived there for ten years. He commented on the exceptional education he received there and the climate of anti-anti-Semitism he encountered - that is, anti-Semitism was strictly punished. He spoke about visiting cousins in a shtetl in Tolochin, Belarus, and what life was like there. Lyber's father, Moishe Katz, was a writer and editor for Freiheit...
Topics: National Yiddish Book Center, Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, Freiheit,...
Jane Fleishman gave a compelling interview about her life beginning with her childhood in Long Beach, New York. Jane grew up in a Jewish neighborhood, surrounded by her immediate and extended family and living near the beach. She recalls having a wonderful childhood and being surrounded by Jewishness (which included going to Hebrew school) but not really knowing that this was not necessarily how the majority of Americans grew up. However, as Jane grew older she became disenchanted with Judaism,...
Topics: Marriage, Wife, Love, Family, Grandparents, New York, Beach, Water, Children, Education, Hebrew,...
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Sheila Horvitz was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on November 10, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Sheila Horvitz, a lawyer and former teacher, recounts her life growing up in a strong Yiddish atmosphere in New York City in the 1950s. She describes her mother and grandmother’s emigration from a shtetl in Ukraine during the Russian Civil War in 1921, and she shows documents pertaining to their immigration and arrival in the United States. Sheila grew up in an orthodox home and she vividly...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Anna Gonshor, Faculty Lecturer of Yiddish Studies at McGill University and Montreal-based Yiddish activist, was interviewed by Sara Israel on December 13, 2011 at the Montreal Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Professor Gonshor begins the interview discussing her family background. She was born in 1949 in Paris, France, and in 1950 her family immigrated to Montreal, where she grew up. She talks at length about her mother, a Yiddish teacher, and her father, a factory worker, who...
Topics: Yiddish scene, Yiddish teaching, Yiddish learning, Literature, Books, Career and Professional Life,...
Emma Morgenstern, intern with the Yiddish Book Center's Steiner Summer Internship Program, was interviewed by Nora Feinstein on July 22, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The interview primarily focuses on Emma's experiences in Jewish Culture and history, including her upbringing, undergraduate education, her postgraduate experiences in oral history, and her internship at the Yiddish Book Center in 2010. Emma was born in Westford, Massachusetts in 1988, and took many...
Topics: Other Jewish languages, Yiddish language (feelings of/about, meaning, descriptions of), Eastern...
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Linda Gritz, medical writer, grew up in the Bronx. Her father was born in a town outside of Warsaw, and came to the U.S. at age 10, just two years before the Nazi invasion. He became an American immediately, learning English within three months and rebelling from his orthodox family by refusing to be bar mitzvah-ed, and making the switch from soccer to stickball. Her mother was born in New York, though her parents were from Lodz. Linda grew up in the Bronx, in a predominantly Jewish...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Micha Eisenstorg, born and raised in Brussels, speaks about Jewish experiences in Belgium during World War II. He reflects on the experiences his own family had during the Nazi Occupation and the devastating aftermath, also sharing stories of Jewish resistance and the trial of a chief SS officer in Belgium. He later discusses his time in Israel, his involvement with Jewish organizations and movements, and the common memories he shares with his wife. To cite this interview: Micha Eisenstorg Oral...
Topics: Belgium, Brussels, World War II, Holocaust, German Invasion of Belgium, Nazis, Jewish Deportation,...
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Eleanor Reissa, singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 22, 2013 at KlezKanada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Eleanor Reissa Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, KlezKanada, August 22, 2014. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/EleanorReissa22aug2013YiddishBookCenter ([date...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Jewish Identity, Childhood, Yiddish language,...
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Arthur Klein was interviewed by Christa Whitney on October 12, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Arthur Klein’s interview paints a vivid picture of early twentieth century life in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where he grew up. Arthur provides meticulous details about his childhood in Brownsville. He describes his grandparents as Jews from Russian who often spoke English, but occasionally slipped into Yiddish. His parents were English speakers, but his neighborhood was a Jewish, or as he sometimes...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings of/about, meaning,...
Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, Yiddish poet and daughter of linguist Mordkhe Schaechter, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 16, 2013 at Yidish-Vokh in Reisterstown, Maryland. The interview was conducted entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Alec Burko, a graduate student and staff member at the Yiddish Forverts, was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik on March 12, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Alec Burko Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jordan Kutzik, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, March 12,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Charles Corfield begins his interview with a briefing on his limited knowledge of his family's lineage. With two parents from Wales, Charles remembers his life in the newly developed, liberal democratic, and diverse town of Win Garden City in the United Kingdom. His life growing up was very secular, and he remembers the tolerance of his community. He reminisces about how the town's shul was built next to the Friend's meeting house, as one of many examples of his town's common ongoings. Charles...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
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Michael Wex was interviewed by Pauline Katz at KlezKamp in the Catskills on December 29, 2010. Michael Wex’s interview takes us through a beautifully detailed and often funny telling of his life growing up in Canada, his time spent studying medieval literature, and how his interests eventually led him to write “Born to Kvetch.” The interview begins with Michael’s detailed family history that he dates back to his grandfather’s grandfather, a famous Hasidic rebbe in Poland. He then...
Topics: Michael Wex, KlezKamp, Born to Kvetch, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler...
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Ben Zion Shenker, a world-renowned composer of nigunim (wordless melodies) in the Modzitzer Hasidic dynasty's tradition, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on July 3, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Ben Zion was raised in a musical home. His father was a cantor and he was considered a child prodigy by many. Throughout his career, Ben Zion has appeared on WEVD Yiddish Radio and has composed and recorded many niggunim which are used throughout the Orthodox world. To learn more about the Wexler Oral...
Topics: Jewish education, Music, song, singing, Radio, Israel, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
Hankus Netsky, musician, folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and Chair of Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston, was interviewed by Nora Feinstein on July 8, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Hankus was born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up there in the middle-class Mt. Airy neighborhood. His father’s family immigrated from Podolia, Ukraine, and his mother’s family came from Kishinev in what is now Moldova. His father’s...
Topics: Klezmer Conservatory Band, Jews of Philadelphia, Jews of Boston, Jewish Education, Brecht, Klezmer,...
Martha Ackelberg’s family history pours out of her in meticulous detail as she explains that her maternal grandmother was born in the United States, her maternal grandfather was from Galicia, and her paternal grandfather was from the Ukraine. She explains how Daniel Mendelsohn’s book “The Lost” prompted the emergence of her family’s history, leaving her able to share what she does at the start of the interview. Following a detailed explanation of her lineage, Martha dives into her...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Norman Feinberg, retired college professor of music at Mercy College, is the youngest son of the late Leon Feinberg, Yiddish poet, author of many books, and regional editor for the Yiddish paper Der Tog. Norman recounts how his father came to the United States, first at age 14, alone, to follow his father, and the second time after graduating from Moscow University, once the family had become disillusioned with Communism. He remembers how his father corresponded with his Aunt Rivke up until the...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish...
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Sarah Gordon is the lead singer of rock Yiddish band Yiddish Princess. Daughter of renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, she grew up steeped in the Yiddish world of New York City. Sarah has performed and recorded with many of today's leading Klezmer bands, and also writes original Yiddish poetry. Sarah begins her interview detailing her family’s history. She explains that all four of her grandparents lived in Chicago, which was where her parents met, though her mother grew up near Berkley,...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
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Tony Michels was interviewed by Allie Brudney on March 21, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Tony Michaels Oral History Interview, interviewed by Allie Brudney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Madison, WI, March 21, 2012. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/TonyMichels21march2012YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Anthony Russell, trained bass opera singer and notable Yiddish art song performer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 9, 2012 at his home in Oakland, California. The interview focuses on Anthony's experiences in forming his Jewish identity, his conversion to Judaism, career transformation from opera to Yiddish art song and folk performance, and relationship with the secular Jewish and black communities. Anthony begins by discussing his family’s geographic origins in Fort Worth,...
Topics: National Yiddish Book Center, Anthony Russell,, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish....
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Bella Bryks-Klein, daughter of the Yiddish writer Rachmil Bryks, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 25, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center. Learn more about Rachmil Bryks and view highlights from Bella's interview about him at: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/bella-bryks-klein-her-father-yiddish-writer-rachmil-bryks To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Bella Bryks-Klein Oral History Interview,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...